This Sunday, August 17, the JCC Palo Alto will, once again, host Litquake. I have gone the last couple of years, and it is a terrific event. There are over 45 authors who will participate, and all events are free - except for the 7-8 evening event, which is Marcia Clark in conversation (and promoting her new book). And even that is only $15.
Not only are there workshops and panels from 2:00-5:15, but there's also a social hour, from 5:30-6:30, where you can meet most of the authors. I met Amy Franklin-Willis, Tracy Guzeman, and Ellen Kirschman at last year's Litquake. All 3 of them came to VHOB, with Amy's and Tracy's books being VHOB Book Club selections. Which means, of course, that book club members got to meet both authors, ask them questions, and get books signed.
There are also kids' events that go from 2-5, if that is of importance to you (my youngest "kid" is 30!). You can go online to the JCC Palo Alto and see what those events are.
And in the meantime, here is the schedule of events for the adults: